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How Apple's CarPlay Could Shore Up the Car Stereo Industry

Scowler Re:People need to grow the fuck up (193 comments)

A rational person would realize popular product A has pros and cons when compared to popular product B. That rational person would not get bent out of shape shilling for either product A or product B. That rational person would not dismiss either product A or product B as merely being "shiny".

3 days ago
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Phil Shapiro says 20,000 Teachers Should Unite to Spread Chromebooks (Video)

Scowler Ubuntu? Fedora? (101 comments)

How is this better than competing Linux alternatives? Besides being more tightly wedded to Google services and the cloud, I mean.

about a week ago
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Tesla's Fight With Car Dealers Could Help Decide the Next Presidential Election

Scowler Re:Can we quit abusing the word "monopoly"? (282 comments)

That depends on how you define your market. If you are just buying a "car" or "truck", you're right. If buying a brand new Honda Civic, and looking for available means of buying a Civic locally, then your regional selection may or may not be large enough such that a particular dealer might have a "monopoly" on selling Civics in your area. Truthfully, when it comes to purchasing NEW cars, I think a majority of shoppers are in between these two extremes... they may have narrowed down their choice of vehicles to two or three models, and start talking to salespeople at that stage.

about three weeks ago
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Mazda Says Its Upcoming Gas-Powered Cars Will Emit Less CO2 Than Electric Cars

Scowler Re: In other news... (330 comments)

Why should they? They are the Zoom Zoom car company, aiming for cheap and sporty. You can't make a cheap and sporty electric car, at least not one that can sell decently. (Disclaimer: I own two Mazdas, and the next car will probably be a Mazda.)

about three weeks ago
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Mazda Says Its Upcoming Gas-Powered Cars Will Emit Less CO2 Than Electric Cars

Scowler Re: Do electric cars actually produce CO2? (330 comments)

It goes both ways. You can take regenerative braking and put it into a Mazda. In fact, Mazda has that as an option now on the Mazda3 already.

about three weeks ago
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Facebook Buying Oculus VR For $2 Billion

Scowler Re: Nope (535 comments)

I think we are describing the same thing. Facebook convinced a couple manufacturers to pre-install that overlay in shipped units, and those probably did not sell great. But the overlay can still be manually installed from Google Play store, as far as I know, as is still in active development. I don't know how many downloads have been made to date.

about three weeks ago
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Facebook Buying Oculus VR For $2 Billion

Scowler Re: Can I ... (535 comments)

Full assimilation into the Borg also requires an iWatch. A wirelessly controlled sex toy can be thrown in optionally.

about three weeks ago
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Facebook Buying Oculus VR For $2 Billion

Scowler Re: Farmville! (535 comments)

What does +1 LIKE mean in this context?

about three weeks ago
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Facebook Buying Oculus VR For $2 Billion

Scowler Re: Nope (535 comments)

As far as I know, FB has never sold a hardware product til now. So it's really hard to guess what business strategy they have in mind. If you remember, they even made efforts to avoid the cell phone market, selling FB overlay over Android instead.

about three weeks ago
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Facebook Buying Oculus VR For $2 Billion

Scowler Re: Facebook Secondlife? (535 comments)

Ah you beat me to this post. Note that much of the SL code is open-source, both client+server. I think GPL. Facebook could easily start from there as a low cost experiment if they wanted.

about three weeks ago
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Facebook Buying Oculus VR For $2 Billion

Scowler Might as well buy Second Life now (535 comments)

Linden Labs virtual world can probably be obtained for dirt cheap, and it's the only thing in existence that makes sense linking FB and OCR.

about three weeks ago
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Facebook Buying Oculus VR For $2 Billion

Scowler Re: Other HMDs? (535 comments)

Seems like a panic move once they saw the demo of Sony's new HMD.

about three weeks ago
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Getting Misogyny, Racism and Homophobia Out of Gaming

Scowler Bans don't work (704 comments)

If you ban a player for a short interval, it's not enough to dissuade bad behavior. If you choose a long interval, they just join the game under a different player name. In essence, if a player's behavior has already deteriorated to the point of needing a ban, the battle is already lost.

about a month ago
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Getting Misogyny, Racism and Homophobia Out of Gaming

Scowler Re: Wrong Subsection (704 comments)

Seems like a lot of overlap exists between those two groups. From what I've seen, most bigots also spend a lot of time whining.

about a month ago
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Nate Silver's New Site Stirs Climate Controversy

Scowler Re: Global Climate Liars (335 comments)

Most models, including the ones cited by TFA, predict 1-2 C average global temp increase by the end of the century. Troll again, perhaps? The point being argued here, if you need comprehension help, is what the effect of that increase will be.

about a month ago
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Nate Silver's New Site Stirs Climate Controversy

Scowler Re: Go after em Nate (335 comments)

You didn't even RTFA, did you? Nowhere in the article does it say that Global Warming is wrong. This is about extreme storms, those strong enough to cause insured damages. That's a tangential point in regards overall climate patterns. Try reading first before accusing others of "fanaticism."

about a month ago
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Amazon Hikes Prime Membership Fee

Scowler Re: A 25% increase is ridiculous (276 comments)

Doubtful. Raising the price every year will just lead to complaining like this, annually. And GP is correct, this "increase" is actually nothing more than keeping with inflation since the service introduced.

about a month ago
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What If the Next Presidential Limo Was a Tesla?

Scowler Re: The important question is (330 comments)

Reliable? I've had two regular cars in the last decade that died simply because they over-heated in normal urban driving, leading to engine block failures. And that's no weird anecdote, as that is still a common cause of auto EOL in general.

about a month ago

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